Supreme Court puts three farm laws on hold

The Supreme Court today put on hold three farm laws at the centre of the massive farmers’ protests near Delhi.

The apex court also said a committee would be formed to take over negotiations to end the crisis.

“We are staying three farm laws until further orders,” Chief Justice SA Bobde said.

The four-member committee set up by the Supreme Court comprises Bhupinder Singh Mann of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Anil Ghanwat of Shetkari Sanghatana, Dr Pramod Kumar Joshi and agricultural economist Ashok Gulati.

The ruling came on a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the three farm laws that were enacted last September.

The ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 48th day today.

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders.

The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system being retained.